Lake Elsinore: Probation Search Leads to Seizure of $1Million of Heroin & Two Arrests


On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 10:00 am, the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) arrived at a residence in the 400 block of East Hill, in the city of Lake Elsinore to conduct a probation search and follow-up investigation related to auto-theft suspect Ernesto Valenzuela Beltran (age 26).

During an initial search of the residence, R.A.I.D. discovered a large amount of powdered Heroin inside a bedroom. R.A.I.D.’s investigation led to a second residence in the 2100 block of Jean Marie, in the city of Perris. At 2:25 pm, R.A.I.D. along with the assistance of the Perris Police Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the Jean Marie address in Perris.

RAID recovered a total of 19 pounds of Heroin from both residences, with an approximate street value over $1,000,000. Evidence of narcotics sales, and a large amount of cash was also seized.

Ernesto Beltran and his brother, Luis Valenzuela Beltran (age 24) were both arrested and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for various felony charges related to Possession of Heroin for Sales.

This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the R.A.I.D. Task Force at (951) 955-2770.

R.A.I.D.’s primary mission is to investigate, arrest and prosecute criminals responsible for auto-theft. However, this investigation is an example of the connection between auto-theft and other major crimes.

Auto-theft suspects are frequently involved in additional criminal behavior to include weapons possession, narcotics trafficking, and other violent crimes which impact the community. The R.A.I.D. task force is committed to aggressively investigating all crimes associated with auto-theft.

R.A.I.D. is a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Cathedral City Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Department of Insurance.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department

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